• Research Unit 2179 MADSoil:

    Totsche K.U., Amelung W., Gerzabek M.H., Guggenberger G., Klumpp E., Knief C., Lehndorff E., Mikutta R., Peth S., Prechtel A., Ray N., Kögel-Knabner I. (2018) Microaggregates in soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 181(1), 104-136.

  • Priority program 1315 Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil:

    Totsche, K.U., Rennert, T., Gerzabek, M.H., Kögel-Knabner, I., Smalla, K., Spiteller, M., Vogel, H.J. 2010. Biogeochemical interfaces in soil: The interdisciplinary challenge for soil science. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sc. 173, 88-99.

    Totsche K.U., Eusterhues K., Rennert T. (2012) Editorial. Spectro-microscopic characterization of biogeochemical interfaces in soil. J. Soil. Sediment. 12, 1-2.

  • Collaborative Research Center 1076 AquaDiva:

    Küsel K., Totsche K.U., Trumbore S.E., Lehmann R., Steinhäuser C., Herrmann M. (2016) How deep can surface signals be traced in the critical zone? Merging biodiversity with biogeochemistry research in a central German Muschelkalk landscape. Front.EarthSci.4:32.


  • Guhra, T., Stolze, K., Schweizer, S., Totsche, K. U. (2020) Earthworm mucus contributes to the formation of organo-mineral associations in soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 145, 107785. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107785
  • Ivanov, P., Manucharova, N., Nikolaeva, S., Safonov, A., Krupskaya, V., Chernov, M., Eusterhues, K., Totsche, K. U. (2020) Glucose-stimulation of natural microbial activity changes composition, structure and engineering properties of sandy and loamy soils. Engineering Geology, 265, 105381. doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2019.105381
  • Lehmann R., Totsche K.U. (2020) Multi-directional flow dynamics shape groundwater quality in sloping bedrock strata. Journal of Hydrology 580: 124291. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124291.

  • Herrmann M., Geesink P., Yan L., Lehmann R., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2020) Complex food webs coincide with high genetic potential for chemolithoautotrophy in fractured bedrock groundwater. Water Research 170: 115306. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.115306
  • Yan L., Herrmann M., Kampe B., Lehmann R., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2020) Environmental selection shapes the formation of near-surface groundwater microbiomes. Water Research 170: 115341. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.115341


  • Benk, S. A., Yan, L., Lehmann, R., Roth, V. N., Schwab, V. F., Totsche, K. U., Küsel, K., Gleixner, G. (2019). Fueling Diversity in the Subsurface: Composition and Age of Dissolved Organic Matter in the Critical Zone. Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, 296. doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00296
  • Rupp, A., Guhra, T., Meier, A., Prechtel, A., Ritschel, T., Ray, N., Totsche, K. U. (2019). Application of a Cellular Automaton Method to Model the Structure Formation in Soils Under Saturated Conditions: A Mechanistic Approach. Front. Environ. Sci. 7:170. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2019.00170
  • Herrmann, M., Wegner, C. E., Taubert, M., Geesink, P., Lehmann, K., Yan, L., Lehmann, R., Totsche, K. U. & Küsel, K. (2019). Predominance of Cand. Patescibacteria in groundwater is caused by their preferential mobilization from soils and flourishing under oligotrophic conditions. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, 1407. doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.01407
  • Lepetit, P., Aehnelt, M., Viereck, L., Strauss, H., Abratis, M., Fritsch, S., Malz, A., Kukowski & Totsche, K. U. (2019). Intraformational fluid flow in the Thuringian Syncline (Germany)-Evidence from stable isotope data in vein mineralization of Upper Permian and Mesozoic sediments. Chemical Geology 523, 133-153.  doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.05.001
  • Lazar C.S., Lehmann R., Stoll W., Rosenberger J., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2019) The endolithic bacterial diversity of shallow bedrock ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 679: 35-44. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.281
  • Ritschel, T., Totsche, K.U. (2019). Modeling the formation of soil microaggregates. Comput. Geosci. 127, 36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2019.02.010.
  • Guhra, T., Ritschel, T., Totsche, K.U. (2019) Formation of mineral-mineral and organo-mineral composite building units from microaggregate‐forming materials including microbially produced extracellular polymeric substances. Eur J Soil Sci., 70: 604- 615. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.12774
  • Fritzsche, A., Ritschel, T., Schneider, L., Totsche, K. U. (2019). Identification and quantification of single constituents in groundwater with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and Positive Matrix Factorization. Vib. Spectrosc. 100, 152-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vibspec.2018.09.008
  • Schwab V. F., Nowak M. E., Elder C. D., Trumbore S. E., Xu X., Gleixner G., Lehmann R., Pohnert G, Muhr J., Küsel K. & Totsche K. U. (2019). 14C‐free Carbon is a Major Contributor to Cellular Biomass in Geochemically Distinct Groundwater of Shallow Sedimentary Bedrock Aquifers. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1029/2017WR022067


  • Ding, S., Kohlhepp, B., Trumbore, S., Küsel, K., Totsche, K. U., Pohnert, G., Gleixner, G. & Schwab, V. F. (2018). In situ production of core and intact bacterial and archaeal tetraether lipids in groundwater. Organic Geochemistry, 126, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.10.005
  • Zhang L., Lehmann K., Totsche K. U., Lueders T. (2018) Selective successional transport of bacterial populations from rooted agricultural topsoil to deeper layers upon extreme precipitation events. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 124: 168-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.06.012
  • Boschetti, F., Thouret, V., Maenhout, G. J., Totsche, K. U., Marshall, J., Gerbig, C. (2018). Multi-species inversion and IAGOS airborne data for a better constraint of continental-scale fluxes, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9225-9241, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9225-2018.
  • Ritschel, T., Schlüter, S., Köhne, J. M., Vogel, H.-J., Totsche, K. U. (2018). Efficient Prediciton of Multidomain Flow and Transport in Hierarchically Structured Porous Media. Water Resources Research, 54, doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR022694.
  • Rupp, A., Totsche, K. U., Prechtel, A., & Ray, N. (2018). Discrete-continuum multiphase model for structure formation in soils including electrostatic effects. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 6, 96, doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2018.00096
  • Lehmann K., Schaefer S., Babin D., Köhne J. M., Schlüter S., Smalla K., Vogel H.-J. & Totsche K. U. (2018). Selective transport and retention of organic matter and bacteria shapes initial pedogenesis in artificial soil-A two-layer column study. Geoderma, 325, 37-48, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.03.016
  • Nawaz, A., Purahong, W., Lehmann, R., Herrmann, M., Totsche, K. U., Küsel, K., Tesfaye Wubet & Buscot, F. (2018). First insights into the living groundwater mycobiome of the terrestrial biogeosphere. Water Research, 145, 50-61.
  • Kunkel, C., Aehnelt, M., Pudlo, D., Kukowski, N., Totsche, K. U., & Gaupp, R. (2018). Subsurface aquifer heterogeneities of Lower Triassic clastic sediments in central Germany. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 97, 209-222.
  • Totsche K.U., Amelung W., Gerzabek M.H., Guggenberger G., Klumpp E., Knief C., Lehndorff E., Mikutta R., Peth S., Prechtel A., Ray N., Kögel-Knabner I. (2018) Microaggregates in soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 181(1), 104-136.


  • Cooper R.E., Eusterhues K., Wegner C.E., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2017) Ferrihydrite-associated organic matter (OM) stimulates reduction by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and a complex microbial consortia. Biogeosciences 14, 5171-5188. doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5171-2017
  • Kumar S., Herrmann M. Thamdrup B., Schwab V.F., Geesink P., Trumbore S.E., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2017) Nitrogen loss from pristine carbonate-rock aquifers of the Hainich Critical Zone Exploratory (Germany) is primarily driven by chemolithoautotrophic anammox processes. Frontiers in Microbiology 8, Article 1951. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01951
  • Kohlhepp B., Lehmann R., Seeber P., Küsel K., Trumbore S. E., Totsche K. U. (2017) Aquifer configuration and geostructural links control the groundwater quality in thin-bedded carbonate-siliciclastic alternations of the Hainich CZE, central Germany. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 21, 6091-6116. doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-6091-2017
  • Metzger J. C., Wutzler T., Dalla Valle N., Filipzik J., Grauer C., Lehmann R., Roggenbuck M., Schelhorn D., Weckmüller J., Küsel K., Totsche K. U., Trumbore S., Hildebrandt A. (2017) Vegetation impacts soil water content patterns by shaping canopy water fluxes and soil properties. Hydrological Processes. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11274
  • Nowak M.E., Schwab V.F., Lazar C.S., Behrendt T., Kohlhepp B., Totsche K.U., Küsel K., Trumbore S.E. (2017) Carbon isotopes of dissolved inorganic carbon reflect utilization of different carbon sources by microbial communities in two limestone aquifer assemblages. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 21, 4283-4300, doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4283-2017
  • Totsche K.U., Amelung W., Gerzabek M.H., Guggenberger G., Klumpp E., Knief C., Lehndorff E., Mikutta R., Peth S., Prechtel A., Ray N., Kögel-Knabner I. (2017) Microaggregates in soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jpln.201600451
  • Bollyn J., Faes J, Fritzsche A., Smolders E. (2017) Colloidal-Bound Polyphosphates and Organic Phosphates are Bioavailable: A Nutrient Solution Study. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, doi: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.7b01483
  • Narvekar S.P., Ritschel T., Totsche K.U. (2017) Colloidal stability and mobility of extracellular polymeric substance amended hematite nanoparticles. Vadose Zone J.16(8), doi: https://doi.org/10.2136/vzj2017.03.0063
  • Gonzalés-Andrés V., Diez-Ortiz M., Delpivo C., Janer G., Fritzsche A., Vázquez-Campos S. (2017) Acute ecotoxicity of coated colloidal goethite nanoparticles on Daphnia magna: Evaluating the influence of exposure approaches. Science of the Total Environment 609, 172-179, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.047
  • Glavatska O., Müller K., Butenschoen O., Schmalwasser A., Kandeler E., Scheu S., Totsche K.U., Ruess, L. (2017) Disentangling the root- and detritus-based food chain in the micro-food web of an arable soil by plant removal. PLoS ONE, doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180264
  • Herrmann M., Opitz S., Harzer R., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2017) Attached and Suspended Denitrifier Communities in Pristine Limestone Aquifers Harbor High Fractions of Potential Autotrophs Oxidizing Reduced Iron and Sulfur Compounds. Microbial Ecology 74, 264-277, doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-017-0950-x
  • Brück F., Fritzsche A., Totsche K.U., Weigand H. (2017) Steel pickling rinse water sludge: Concealed formation of Cr(VI) driven by the enhanced oxidation of nitrite. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 5, 2163-2170.
  • Lazar C.S., Stoll W., Lehmann R., Herrmann M., Schwab V.F., Akob D.M., Nawaz A., Wubet T., Buscot F., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2017) Archaeal Diversity and CO2 Fixers in Carbonate-/Siliciclastic-Rock Groundwater Ecosystems. Archaea, vol. 2017, Article ID 2136287, doi: https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2136287
  • Schwab V. F., Herrmann M., Roth V.-N., Gleixner G., Lehmann R., Pohnert G., Trumbore S., Küsel K., Totsche K.U. (2017) Functional diversity of microbial communities in pristine aquifers inferred by PLFA- and sequencing-based approaches. Biogeosciences 14, 2697-2714, doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-2697-2017
  • Verma S., Marshall J., Gerbig C., Rödenbeck C., Totsche K.U. (2017) The constraint of CO2 measurements made onboard passenger aircraft on surface-atmosphere fluxes: the impact of transport model errors in vertical mixing. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17, 5665-5675, doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5665-2017
  • Ritschel T., Totsche K.U. (2017) Quantification of pH-dependent speciation of organic compounds with spectroscopy and chemometrics. Chemosphere 172, 175-184, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.12.145


  • Pronk G.J., Heister K., Vogel C., Babin D., Bachmann J., Guo-Chin Ding, Ditterich F., Gerzabek M.H., Giebler J., Hemkemeyer M., Kandeler E., Mouvenchery Y.K., Miltner A., Poll C., Schaumann G.E., Smalla K., Steinbach A., Tanuwidjaja  I., Tebbe C.C., Wick L.Y., Woche S.K., Totsche K.U., Schloter M., Kögel-Knabner I. (2016) Interaction of minerals, organic matter, and microorganisms during biogeochemical interface formation as shown by a series of artificial soil experiments. Biology and Fertility of Soils. doi:10.1007/s00374-016-1161-1  
  • Ritschel T.,Totsche K. (2016) Closed-flow column experiments: A numerical sensitivity analysis of reactive transport and parameter uncertainty. Water Resources Research 52(8), 6094-6110, doi:10.1002/2015WR018388.
  • Nawaz A., Purahong W., Lehmann R., Herrmann M., Küsel K., Totsche K.U., Buscot F., Wubet T. (2016) Superimposed pristine limestone aquifers with marked hydrochemical differences exhibit distinct fungal communities. Front. Microbiol. 7:666. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00666
  • Küsel K., Totsche K.U., Trumbore S.E., Lehmann R., Steinhäuser C., Herrmann M. (2016) How deep can surface signals be traced in the critical zone? Merging biodiversity with biogeochemistry research in a central German Muschelkalk landscape. Front.EarthSci.4:32. doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00032.
  • Fritzsche A., Pagels B., Totsche K.U. (2016) The composition of mobile matter in a floodplain topsoil: A comparative study with soil columns and field lysimeters. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 179, 18-28
  • Ritschel T., Totsche K.U. (2016) Closed-flow column experiments-Insights into solute transport provided by a damped oscillating breakthrough behavior. Water Resour. Res. 52 (3), 2206-2221, doi:10.1002/2015WR018317.


  • Kountouris P., Gerbig C., Totsche K., Dolman A.J., Meesters A.G.C.A., Broquet G., Maignan F., Gioli B., Montagnani L., Helfter C. (2015) An objective prior error quantification for regional atmospheric inverse applications. Biogeosciences 12, 7403-7421
  • Pirrung M., Händel M., Merten D., Engelhardt J., Pudlo D., Totsche K., Voigt T. (2015) Zur Geochemie der Sedimente des Unteren und Mittleren Keupers der zentralen Thüringer Mulde. Beitr. Geol. Thüringen 22, 185-215
  • Mori J.F., Neu T.R., Lu S., Händel M., Totsche K., Küsel K. (2015) Iron encrustations on filamentous algae colonized by Gallionella-related bacteria in a metal-polluted freshwater stream. Biogeosciences 12, 5277-5289
  • Fritzsche A., Schröder C., Wieczorek A.K., Händel M., Ritschel T., Totsche K.U. (2015) Structure and composition of Fe-OM co-precipitates that form in soil-derived solutions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 169, 167-183
  • Kleber M., Eusterhues K, Keiluweit M., Mikutta C., Mikutta R., Nico P.S. (2015) Mineral-organic associations: Formation, properties, and relevance in soil environments. Advances in Agronomy 130, 1-140
  • Höss C., Fritzsche A., Meyer C., Bosch J., Meckenstock R., Totsche K.U. (2015) Size- and composition-dependent toxicity of synthetic and soil-derived Fe oxide colloids for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Environmental Science & Technology 49, 544-552
  • Lissner H., Wehrer M., Reinicke M., Horvath N., Totsche K.U. (2015) Constraints of propylene glycol degradation at low temperatures and saturated flow conditions. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22, 3158-3174


  • Eusterhues K., Hädrich A., Neidhardt J., Küsel K., Keller T.F., Jandt K.D., Totsche K.U. (2014) Reduction of ferrihydrite with adsorbed and coprecipitated organic matter: microbial reduction by Geobacter bremensis vs. abiotic reduction by Na-dithionite. Biogeosciences 11, 4953-4966
  • Rennert T., Händel M., Hoeschen C., Lugmeier J., Steffens M., Totsche K.U. (2014) A NanoSIMS study on the distribution of soil organic matter, iron and manganese in a nodule from a Stagnosol. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 65, 684-692
  • Braunschweig J., Klier C., Schröder C., Händel M., Bosch J., Totsche K.U., Meckenstock R.U. (2014) Citrate influences microbial Fe hydroxide reduction via a dissolution-disaggregation mechanism. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 139, 434-446
  • Akob D.M, Bohu T., Beyer A., Schäffner F., Händel M., Johnson C.A., Merten D., Büchel G., Totsche K.U., Küsel K. (2014) Identification of Mn(II)-oxidizing bacteria from a low-pH contaminated former uranium mine. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80, 5086-5097
  • Dibbern D., Schmalwasser A., Lueders T., Totsche K.U. (2014) Selective transport of plant root-associated bacterial populations in agricultural soils upon snowmelt. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 69, 187-196.
  • Eusterhues K., Neidhardt J., Hädrich A., Küsel K., and Totsche K. U. (2014) Biodegradation of ferrihydrite-associated organic matter, Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-013-9943-0
  • Rennert T., Eusterhues K., Hiradate S., Breitzke H., Buntkowsky G., Totsche K. U., and Mansfeldt T. (2014) Characterisation of Andosols from Laacher See tephra by wet-chemical and spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, Al-27-, Si-29-NMR), Chemical Geology, 363, 13-21
  • Wehrer, M., Lissner, H., Bloem, E., French, H., Totsche, K.U., 2014. Electrical resistivity tomography as monitoring tool for unsaturated zone transport: An example of preferential transport of deicing chemicals. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (15), 8964-8980.
  • Lissner, H., Wehrer, M., Jartun, M., Totsche, K.U., 2014. Degradation of deicing chemicals affects the natural redox system in airfield soils. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (15), 9036-9053.
  • Arato, A., Wehrer, M., Biró, B., Godio, A., 2014. Integration of geophysical, geochemical and microbiological data for a comprehensive small-scale characterization of an aged LNAPL-contaminated site. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (15), 8948-8963.
  • Cassiani, G., Binley, A., Kemna, A., Wehrer, M., Flores Orozco, A., Deiana, R., Boaga, J., Rossi M., Dietrich P., Werban U., Zschornack, L., Godio A., Gandomi A.J., Deidda, G.P., 2014. Non-invasive characterization of the Trecate (Italy) crude-oil contaminated site: links between contamination and geophysical signals. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (15), 8914-8931.
  • Schotanus D., Meeussen J.C.L., Lissner H., van der Ploeg M.J., Wehrer M., Totsche K.U., van der Zee S.E.A.T.M., 2014. Transport and degradation of propylene glycol in the vadose zone: model development and sensitivity analysis. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (15), 9054-9066.
  • Opitz, S., Kusel, K., Spott, O., Totsche, K. U., Herrmann, M. (2014). Oxygen availability and distance to surface environments determine community composition and abundance of ammonia-oxidizing prokaroytes in two superimposed pristine limestone aquifers in the Hainich region, Germany. FEMS microbiology ecology 90 (1), 39-53.
  • Kretschmer, R., Gerbig, C., Karstens, U., Biavati, G., Vermeulen, A., Vogel, F., Hammer, S., Totsche, K. U. (2014). Impact of optimized mixing heights on simulated regional atmospheric transport of CO2. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS 14 (14), 7149-7172.


  • Hanzel J., Myrold D., Sessitsch A., Smalla K., Tebbe C.C., Totsche K.U. (2013) Microbial ecology of biogeochemical interfaces - diversity, structure, and function of microhabitats in soil. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 86 (1), 1-2.
  • Ziegler, S., Dolch, K., Geiger, K., Krause, S., Asskamp, M., Eusterhues, K., Kriews, M., Wilhelms-Dick, D., Göttlicher, J., Majzlan, J., and Gescher, J.: Oxygen-dependent niche formation of a pyrite-dependent acidophilic consortium built by archaea and bacteria, ISME Journal, 7, 1725-1737, 2013.
  • Risse-Buhl U., Herrmann M., Lange P., Akob D.M., Pizania N., Schönborn W., Totsche K.U. & Küsel K. (2013) Phagotrophic Protist Diversity in the Groundwater of a Karstified Aquifer - Morphological and Molecular Analysis. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 60, 467-479
  • Händel M., Rennert T., Totsche K.U. (2013) Synthesis of cryptomelane- and birnessite-type manganese oxides at ambient pressure and temperature. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 405, 44-50.
  • Wehrer M., Rennert T., Totsche K. U. (2013) Kinetic control of contaminant release from NAPLs - Experimental evidence. Environmental Pollution 179, 315-325.
  • Wehrer M., Mai J., Attinger S., Totsche K. U. (2013) Kinetic control of contaminant release from NAPLs experimental evidence. Environmental Pollution 179, 301-314.
  • Grunat, D.A., Slater L.D., Wehrer M., 2013. Complex electrical measurements on an undisturbed soil core: evidence for improved estimation of saturation degree from imaginary conductivity. Vadose Zone Journal, 12(4), doi:10.2136/vzj2013.03.0059.
  • Liu, X., Eusterhues K., Thieme J., Ciobota V., Höschen C., Müller C., Küsel K., Kögel-Knabner I., Rösch P., Popp J., Totsche K.U. (2013) STXM and NanoSIMS Investigations on EPS Fractions before and after Adsorption to Goethite. Envirnon. Sci. Technol. 47, 3158-3166.
  • Pronk G.J., Heister K., Woche S.K., Totsche K.U., Kögel-Knabner, I. (2013)The phenanthrene-sorptive interface of an arable topsoil and its particle size fractions. European Journal of Soil Science. 64. 121-130.
  • Händel M., Rennert T., Totsche K.U. (2013) A simple method to synthesize birnessite at ambient pressure and temperature. Geoderma 193-194, 117-121.


  • Rennert T., Eusterhues K., De Andrade V., Totsche K.U. (2012) Iron species in soils on a mofette site studied by Fe K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy. Chemical Geology 332-333 (2012), 116-123.
  • Wehrer M., Jaesche P., Totsche K.U. (2012) Modeling the kinetics of microbial degradation of deicing chemicals in porous media under flow conditions. Environmental Pollution. Volume 168, 96-106.
  • Wäldchen J., Schöning I., Mund M., Schrumpf M., Bock S., Herold N., Totsche K.U., Schulze D.E. (2012) Estimation of clay content from easily measurable water content of air-dried soil. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. Volume 175, Issue 2, 1522-1524
  • Kramer S., Marhan S., Ruess L., Armbruster W., Butenschoen O., Haslwimmer H., Kuzyakov Y., Pausch, J., Scheunemann N., Schoene J., Schmalwasser A., Totsche K.U., Walker F., Scheu S., Kandeler E. (2012) Carbon flow into microbial and fungal biomass as a basis for the belowground food web of agroecosystems. Pedobiologia. Volume 55, Issue 2, 111-119.
  • Rusznyak, A., Akob, D. M., Nietzsche, S., Eusterhues, K., Totsche, K. U., Neu, T. R., Frosch, T., Popp, J., Keiner, R., Geletneky, J., Katzschmann, L., Schulze, E. D., and Küsel, K.: Calcite Biomineralization by bacterial isolates from the recently discovered pristine karstic Herrenberg Cave, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78, 1157-1167, 2012.
  • Totsche K.U., Eusterhues K., Rennert T. (2012) Editorial. Spectro-microscopic characterization of biogeochemical interfaces in soil. J. Soil. Sediment. 12, 1-2.
  • Rennert T., Totsche, K.U., Heister K., Kersten M., Thieme J. (2012) Advanced spectroscopic, microscopic, and tomographic characterization techniques to study biogeochemical interfaces in soil. J. Soil. Sediment. 12, 3-23.
  • Fritzsche A., Bosch J., Rennert T., Heister K., Braunschweig J., Meckenstock R. U. and Totsche K. U. (2012) Fast microbial reduction of ferrihydrite colloids from a soil effluent. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 77, 444-456


  • Rusznyák,A., Akob,D.M., Nietzsche, S., Eusterhues, K., Totsche, K.U., Neu, T.R., Frosch, T., Popp, J., Keiner, R., Geletneky, J., Katzschmann, L., Schulze, E.-D., Küsel, K. (2012) Calcite Biomineralization by Bacterial Isolates from the Recently Discovered Pristine Karstic Herrenberg Cave. Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 78(4), 1157-1167
  • Rennert, T., Totsche, K.U., Heister, K. Kersten, M. & Thieme, J. (2011) Advanced spectroscopic, microscopic, and tomographic characterization techniques to study biogeochemical interfaces in soil. J. Soil. Sediment.
  • Rennert, T., Kaufhold, S., Händel, M., Schuth, S., Meißner, S. & Totsche, K.U. (2011) Characterization of a Technosol developed from deposited flue dust slurry and release of inorganic contaminants. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 174, 721-731.
  • Wehrer, M., Rennert, T., Mansfeldt, T. & Totsche, K.U. (2011) Contaminants at former manufactured gas plants: Sources, properties and processes. Crit. Rev. Env. Sci. Tec. 41, 1883-1969.
  • Rennert, T., Eusterhues, K., Pfanz, H. & Totsche, K.U. (2011) Influence of geogenic CO2 on mineral and organic soil constituents on a mofette site in the NW Czech Republic. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 62, 572-580.
  • Macht, F., Eusterhues, K., Pronk, G.J. & Totsche, K.U. (2011) Specific surface area of clay minerals: Comparison between atomic force microscopy measurements and bulk-gas (N2) and -liquid (EGME) adsorption methods. Appl. Clay Sci. 53, 20-26.
  • Fritzsche, A., Rennert, T. & Totsche, K.U. (2011) Arsenic strongly associates with ferrihydrite colloids formed in a soil effluent. Environ. Pollut. 159, 1398-1405.
  • Eusterhues, K., Rennert, T., Knicker, H., Kögel-Knabner, I., Totsche, K.U. & Schwertmann, U. (2011) Fractionation of organic matter due to reaction with ferrihydrite: coprecipitation versus adsorption. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45, 527-533.


  • Lüdecke, C., Reiche, M., Eusterhues, K., Nietzsche, S. & Küsel, K. 2010. Acid-tolerant microaerophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria promote Fe(III)-accumulation in a fen. Environ. Microbiol. 12, 2814-2825.
  • Rennert, T., Meißner, S., Rinklebe, J. & Totsche, K.U. 2010. Dissolved inorganic contaminants in a floodplain soil: Comparison of in situ soil solutions and laboratory methods. Water, Air, Soil Pollut. 209, 489-500.
  • Bosch, J., Fritzsche, A., Totsche, K.U. & Meckenstock, R.U. 2010. Nanosized ferrihydrite colloids facilitate microbial iron reduction under flow conditions. Geomicrobiol. J. 27, 123-129.
  • Thieme, J., Sedlmair, J., Gleber, S.-C., Prietzel, J., Coates, J., Eusterhues, K., Abbt-Braun, G. & Salome, M. 2010. X-ray spectromicroscopy in soil and environmental sciences. J. Synchrotron. Rad. 17, 149-157.
  • Totsche, K.U., Rennert, T., Gerzabek, M.H., Kögel-Knabner, I., Smalla, K., Spiteller, M. & Vogel, H.-J. 2010. Biogeochemical interfaces in soil: The interdisciplinary challenge for soil science. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 173, 88-99.
  • Rumpel, C., Eusterhues, K. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2010. Non-cellulosic neutral sugar contribution to mineral associated organic matter in top- and subsoil horizons of two acid forest soils. Soil Biol. Biochem. 42, 379-382.


  • Prietzel, J., Tyufekchieva, N., Eusterhues, K., Kögel-Knabner, I., Thieme, J., Paterson, D., McNulty, I., de Jonge, M., Eichert, D. & Salome, M. 2009. Anoxic versus oxic sample pretreatment: Effects on the speciation of sulfur and iron in well-aerated and wetland soils as assessed by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES). Geoderma 153, 318-330.
  • Lair, G.J., Zehetner, F., Fiebig, M., Gerzabek, M.H., van Gestel, C.A.M., Hein, T., Hohensinner, S., Hsu, P., Jones, K.C., Jordan, G., Koelmans, A.A., Poot, A., Slijkerman, D.M.E., Totsche, K.U., Bondar-Kunze, E. & Barth, J.A.C. 2009. How do long-term development and and periodical changes of river-floodplain systems affect the fate of contaminants? Results from European rivers. Environ. Pollut. 157, 3336-3346.
  • Rennert, T., Meißner, S. & Totsche, K.U. 2009. Status and mobilization of trace elements in two ocherous soils of the Ruhr valley, Germany. J. Plant. Nutr. Soil Sci. 172, 464-466.
  • Wehrer, M. & Totsche, K.U. 2009. Difference in PAH release processes from tar-oil contaminated soil materials with similar contamination history. Chem. Erde - Geochem. 69, 109-124.
  • Tunega, D., Gerzabek, M.H., Haberhauer, G., Totsche, K.U. & Lischka, H. 2009. Model study on sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to goethite. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 330, 244-249.   
  • Steffens, M., Kölbl, A., Giese, M., Hoffmann, C., Totsche, K.U., Breuer, L. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2009. Spatial variability of topsoils and vegetation in a grazed steppe ecosystem in Inner Mongolia (PR China). J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 172, 78-90.


  • Eusterhues, K., Wagner, F.E. , Häusler, W., Hanzlik, M., Knicker, H., Totsche, K.U., Kögel-Knabner, I. & Schwertmann, U. 2008. Characterization of ferrihydrite-soil organic matter coprecipitates by X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42, 7891-7897.
  • Kögel-Knabner, I., Guggenberger, G., Kleber, M., Kandeler, E., Kalbitz, K., Scheu, S., Eusterhues, K. & Leinweber, P. 2008. Organo-mineral associations in temperate soils: Integrating biology, mineralogy, and organic matter chemistry. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 171, 61-82.
  • Eusterhues, K., Rumpel, C. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2008. Composition and radiocarbon age of HF-resistant soil organic matter in a Podzol and a Cambisol. Org. Geochem. 38, 1356-1372.
  • Prietzel, J., Thieme, J., Eusterhues, K. & Eichert, D. 2008. Iron speciation in soils and soil aggregates by synchrotron-based X-ray microspectroscopy (XANES, µ-XANES). Eur. J. Soil Sci. 58, 1027-1041.
  • Beck, J., Totsche, K.U. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2008. A rapid and efficient determination of natural estrogens in soils by pressurised liquid extraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Chemosphere 71, 954-960.
  • Wehrer, M. & Totsche, K.U. 2008. Effective rates of heavy metal release from alkaline wastes - quantified by column outflow experiments and inverse simulations. J. Contam. Hydrol., 101, 53-66.
  • Wehrer, M. & Totsche, K.U. 2008. PAH release from tar-oil contaminated soil material in response to forced environmental gradients: Implications for contaminant transport. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 59, 50-60.
  • Steffens, M., Kölbl, A., Totsche, K.U. & Kögel-Knabner I. 2008. Grazing effects on soil chemical and physical properties in a semiarid steppe of Inner Mongolia (PR China). Geoderma 143, 63-72


  • Totsche, K.U., Jann, S. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2007. Single event driven release of PAH, colloids and suspended matter under natural conditions. Vadose Zone J. 6, 233-243.
  • Müller, S., Totsche, K.U. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2007. Sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to mineral surfaces. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 58, 918-938


  • Jaesche P., Totsche K.U. & Kögel-Knabner I. 2006. Transport and anaerobic biodegradation of propylene glycol in gravel-rich soil materials. J. Contam. Hydrol. 85, 271-286.
  • Rumpel, C., Rabia, N., Derenne, S., Quenea, K., Eusterhues, K., Kögel-Knabner, I. & Mariotti, A. 2006. Alteration of soil organic matter following treatment with hydrofluoric acid (HF). Org. Geochem. 37, 1437-1451.
  • Schöning, I., Totsche, K.U. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2006. Small scale spatial variability of organic carbon stocks in litter and solum of a forested Luvisol. Geoderma 136, 631-642.
  • Totsche, K.U., Jann, S. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2006. Release of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dissolved organic carbon, and suspended matter from disturbed NAPL-contaminated gravelly soil material. Vadose Zone J. 5, 469-479.


  • Bäumler, R., Caspari, T., Totsche, K.U., Dorji, T., Norbu, C. & Baillie, I.C. 2005. Andic properties in soils developed from nonvolcanic materials in Central Bhutan. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 168, 703-713.
  • Rumpel, C., Seraphin, A., Dignac, M.F., Michaelis, W., Eusterhues, K. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2005. Effect of base hydrolysis on the chemical composition of organic matter of an acid forest soil. Org. Geochem. 36, 239-249.
  • Eusterhues, K., Rumpel, C. & Kögel-Knabner, I., 2005. Stabilization of soil organic matter isolated via oxidative degradation. Org. Geochem. 36, 1567-1575.
  • Eusterhues, K., Rumpel, C. & Kögel-Knabner, I., 2005. Organo-mineral associations in sandy acid forest soils: importance of specific surface area, iron oxides and micropores. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 56, 753-763.
  • Eusterhues, K., Heinrichs, H. & Schneider, J.D. 2005. Geochemical response on redox fluctuations in Holocene lake sediments, Lake Steisslingen, Southern Germany. Chem. Geol. 222, 1-22.
  • Knabner, P., Igler, B., Totsche, K.U., DuChateau, P. 2005. Unbiased identification of nonlinear sorption characteristics by soil column breakthrough experiments. Computat. Geosci. 9, 203-217
  • Knicker, H., Totsche, K.U., & Almendros, G. 2005. Condensation degree of burnt peat and plant residues and the reliability of solid-state VACP MAS C-13 NMR spectra obtained from pyrogenic humic material. Org. Geochem. 36, 1359-1377
  • Totsche, K.U. 2005. Physikochemische Aspekte des Stofftransports, in: Handbuch der Bodenkunde.
  • Wehrer, M. & Totsche, K.U. 2005. Determination of effective release rates of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dissolved organic carbon by column outflow experiments. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 56, 803-813.


  • Abelmann, K., Totsche, K.U., Knicker ,H. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2004. CP-dynamics of heterogeneous organic material: Characterization of molecular domains in coals. Solid State Nucl. Mag. 25, 252-266.
  • Rumpel, C., Eusterhues, K. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2004. Location and chemical composition of stabilized organic carbon in topsoil and subsoil horizons of two acid forest soils. Soil Biol. Biochem. 36, 177-190.
  • Jandl, G., Leinweber, P., Schulten, H.R. & Eusterhues, K. 2004. The concentrations of fatty acids in organo-mineral particle-size fractions of a Chernozem. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 55, 459-469.
  • Schiffer, B., Totsche, K.U., Jann, S., Meyer, H.D.D. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2004. Rapid transport of hormones through agricultural soils. Sci. Tot. Environ. 326, 225-237.
  • Totsche, K.U. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2004. Mobile organic sorbent affected contaminant transport in soil: Numerical case studies for enhanced and reduced mobility. Vadose Zone J. 3, 352-367.


  • Hofmann, T., Baumann, T., Bundschuh, T., v.d. Kammer, F., Leis, A., Schmitt, D., Schäfer, T., Thieme, J., Totsche, K.U. & Zänker, H. 2003. Aquatische Kolloide und Partikel II: Probenahme, Probenaufbereitung und Charakterisierung. Grundwasser 4, 213-223.
  • Eusterhues, K., Rumpel, C., Kleber, M. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2003. Stabilisation of soil organic matter by interactions with minerals as revealed by mineral dissolution and oxidative degradation. Org. Geochem. 34, 1591-1600.
  • Hofmann, T, Baumann, T., Bundschuh, T., v.d. Kammer, F., Leis, A., Schmitt, D., Schäfer, T., Thieme, J., Totsche, K.U. & Zänker, H. 2003. Aquatische Kolloide und Partikel I: Definition, Systeme und Relevanz. Grundwasser 4, 203-212.
  • Rennert T., Mansfeldt T., Totsche K.U. & Greef K. 2003. Sorption and transport of iron-cyanide complexes in goethite-coated sand. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 67, 756-764.
  • Totsche, K.U., Kögel-Knabner, I., Weigand, H., Haas, B. & Hensel, D. 2003. Fate of PAH at contaminated sites: facts and concepts for the unsaturated soil zone. In: Geochemical Processes in Soil and Groundwater: GeoProc 2002, H.D. Schulz, A. Hadeler (eds.), Wiley-VCH, 182-199.
  • Totsche, K.U., Kögel-Knabner, I., Haas, B., Geisen, S. & Scheibke, R. 2003. Preferential flow and aging of NAPL in the unsaturated soil zone of a hazardous waste site: implications for contaminant transport. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 166, 102-110.
  • Wehrer, M. & Totsche, K.U. 2003. Detection of non-equilibrium in soil columns: Delineation of experimental conditions by numerical simulations. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 166, 475-483.


  • Münch, J. M., Totsche, K.U. & Kaiser, K. 2002. Physicochemical factors controlling dissolved organic carbon release in forest subsois - a column study. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 53, 311-320.
  • Eusterhues, K., Lechterbeck, J., Schneider, J. & Wolf-Brozio, U. 2002. Late- and Post-Glacial evolution of Lake Steisslingen (I). Sedimentary history, palynological record and inorganic geochemical indicators. Palaeogeogr. Palaeocl. 187, 341-371.
  • Kaiser, K., Eusterhues, K., Rumpel, C., Guggenberger, G. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2002. Stabilization of organic matter by soil minerals - investigations of density and particle-size fractions from two acid forest soils. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 165, 451-459.
  • Prechtel, A., Knabner, P., Schneid, E. & Totsche, K.U. 2002. Simulation of carrier facilitated transport of phenanthrene in a layered soil profile. J. Contam. Hydrol. 56, 209-225.
  • Reichenberger, S., Amelung, W., Laabs, V., Pinto, A., Totsche, K.U. & Zech, W. 2002. Pesticide displacement along preferential flow pathways in a Brazilian Oxisol. Geoderma 110, 63-68.
  • Totsche, K.U., Kögel-Knabner, I. & Weigand, H. 2002. Modelling contaminant transport in anthropogenic soil: Reconstruction of spatial heterogeneity by analysing the relations of adjacent pedofacies. In: Schulz, H.D. und Teutsch, G. (Hrsg). Geochemical Processes: Conceptual Models for Reactive Transport in Soil and Groundwater. 1-18. Wiley VCH, Weinheim.
  • Weigand, H., Totsche, K.U., Kögel-Knabner, I., Annweiler, E., Richnow, H.H. & Michaelis, W. 2002. Fate of anthracene in contaminated soil - transport and biodegradation under unsaturated flow conditions. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 53, 71-82.


  • Matzner, E., Alewell, C., Bittersohl, J., Lischeid, G., Kammerer, G., Manderscheid, B., Matschonat, G., Moritz, K., Tenhunen, J.D. & Totsche, K.U. 2001. Biogeochemistry of a spruce forest catchment of the Fichtelgebirge in response to charging atmospheric deposition. Ecol. Stud. 147, 463-503.
  • Weigand, H., Totsche, K.U., Mansfeldt, T. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2001. Slow release and mobility of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and iron-cyanide complexes in contaminated soil. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 164, 643-649.
  • Weigand, H., Totsche, K.U., Huwe, B. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 2001. PAH mobility in contaminated industrial soils: a Markov chain approach to the spatial variability of soil properties and PAH levels. Geoderma 102, 371-389.

bis 2000

  • Wilcke W., Totsche K.U., Körber M., Kobca J. & Zech W. 2000. Fluoro-mobilization of metals in a Slovak forest soil affected by the emissions of an aluminium smelter. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 163, 503-508.
  • Kögel-Knabner I., Totsche K.U. & Raber B. 2000. Desorption of PAH from soil in the presence of dissolved organic matter: effect of solution composition and aging. J. Environ. Qual. 29, 906-916.
  • Totsche K.U., Wilcke W., Körber M., Kobca J. & Zech W. 2000. Fluoride-induced metal mobilization in soils under dynamic conditions. J. Environ. Qual. 29, 454-459.
  • Weigand H., Totsche K. U., Kögel-Knabner I., Annweiler E., Richnow H.H. & Michalis W. 1999. Desorption controlled mobility and intrinsic biodegradation of anthracene in unsaturated soil. Phys. Chem. Earth B 24, 549-555.
  • Weigand H., Totsche K.U. & Kögel-Knabner, I. 1999. On-line solid phase PAH extraction for column outflow experiments. J. Environ. Qual. 28, 730-732.
  • Weigand H., Totsche K.U., Kögel-Knabner I. & Huwe B. 1998. Heterogenität der Bodeneigenschaften und der Schadstoffbelastung eines ehemaligen Gaswerkstandorts. Grundwasser 4, 175-182.
  • Igler B., Totsche K.U. & Knabner P. 1998. Identification of nonlinear sorption characteristics by soil column breakthrough experiments. Phys. Chem. Earth. 23, 215-219.
  • Kögel-Knabner I. & Totsche K.U. 1998. Influence of dissolved and colloidal phase humic substances on the transport of hydrophobic organic contaminants in soils. Phys. Chem. Earth. 23, 179-185.
  • Weigand H., Totsche K.U. & Kögel-Knabner I. 1998. Effect of fluctuating input of dissolved organic matter (DOM) on long-term mobility of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in soils. Phys. Chem. Earth 23, 211-214.
  • Weigand H. & Totsche K.U. 1998. Flow and reactivity effects on dissolved organic matter transport in soil columns. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 62, 1268-1274.
  • Totsche K.U., Danzer J. & Kögel-Knabner I. 1997. DOM-enhanced retention of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soil misciple displacement experiments. J. Environ. Qual. 26, 1090-1100.
  • Totsche K.U., Knabner P. & Kögel-Knabner I. 1996. The modelling of reactive solute transport with sorption to mobile and immobile sorbents - Part II: Model discussion and numerical simulation. Water Resour. Res. 32, 1623-1632.
  • Knabner P., Totsche K.U. & Kögel-Knabner I. 1996. The modelling of reactive solute transport with sorption to mobile and immobile sorbents - Part I: Experimenatl evidence and model development. Water Resour. Res. 32, 1611-1622.
  • Huwe B. & Totsche K.U. 1995. Deterministic and stochastic modelling of water, heat and nitrogen dynamics on different scales with WHNSIM. J. Contam. Hydrol. 20, 265-284.
  • Totsche K.U. 1995. Quality control and quality assurance in applied soil microbiology and biochemistry. In Alef K. & Nannipieri, P. (eds.): Applied Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry. pp. 5-23. Academic Press.
  • Schwandt H., Kögel-Knabner I., Stanjek H. & Totsche K.U. 1992. Sorption of an acidic herbicide on synthetic iron oxides and soils: sorption isotherms. Sci. Tot. Environ. 123-124, 121-131.